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Ninja Professional Plus BN701 Review

An easy-to-use blender with an extra-large pitcher, great for parties or families who enjoy blended drinks but not for soup or flour
Ninja Professional Plus BN701
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Price:   $120 List | $108.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Great ice crushing, easy to clean, timed presets, large capacity
Cons:  Loud, subpar grinding
Manufacturer:   Ninja
By Hayley Thomas and Genaveve Bradshaw  ⋅  Jun 3, 2022
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RANKED
#6 of 13
  • Smoothies - 30% 7.6
  • Ice - 20% 9.4
  • Convenience - 20% 8.1
  • Pureeing - 15% 6.4
  • Grinding - 15% 6.6

Our Verdict

The Ninja Professional Plus BN701 is very easy to use, with a few clearly labeled presets and a completely dishwasher-safe design. It produces crushed ice in 60 seconds and the perfect margarita in 120 seconds. It is budget-friendly and offers a larger pitcher for smoothie families or margarita parties, but the Pro Plus cannot grind kernels into flour, and it struggles to create the perfect soup texture. It is also unable to heat up soup while pureeing. If you are looking for a blender with a large pitcher for blended drinks, the Pro Plus is a great option.

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Pros Great ice crushing, easy to clean, timed presets, large capacityGreat blended drinks, excellent at pureeing, solid at making nut butterIce crushing, simple, sleek, easy to clean, amazing margaritasGreat green smoothies, presets, visual timerVery inexpensive, solid for smoothies
Cons Loud, subpar grindingNo presets, no digital timer, food sticks under blade, motor overheats and smellsNo presets, no timer, slight rustingFinicky lid, struggles grinding & pureeingCan catastrophically leak if base isn't attached, struggled with grating hard cheese
Bottom Line An easy-to-use blender with an extra-large pitcher, great for parties or families who enjoy blended drinks but not for soup or flourThis budget blender holds its own with the top-tier products fairly wellA no-frills, budget-friendly pick for those who prioritize a strong ice-crushing performanceWith its user-friendly interface and stellar fruit-blending abilities, this blender is great for the daily smoothie drinkerIf you are shopping for a blender on the tightest of budgets, this one will do the job
Rating Categories Ninja Professional... NutriBullet Blender KitchenAid K150 3 S... Breville Fresh & Fu... Hamilton Beach 58148A
Smoothies (30%)
7.6
8.3
6.6
8.2
5.9
Ice (20%)
9.4
10.0
10.0
7.4
7.3
Convenience (20%)
8.1
5.2
7.3
7.1
5.5
Pureeing (15%)
6.4
10.0
6.2
6.1
6.1
Grinding (15%)
6.6
6.7
6.7
6.3
2.7
Specs Ninja Professional... NutriBullet Blender KitchenAid K150 3 S... Breville Fresh & Fu... Hamilton Beach 58148A
Model Number BN701 ZNBF30400Z KSB1325 BBL620SIL1AUS1 58148A
Power Peak 1.9 HP 1.6 HP Peak .87 HP Peak 1.5 HP Peak .94 HP
Dimensions 6.75" x 9" x 17.5" 16.5" x 9.8" x 7.5" 8.5" x 7.1" x 14.8" 8.5" x 6.9" x 17.3" 14.7" x 6.5 " x 8.7"
Jar size 72oz 64 oz 48oz 50oz 40 oz
Dishwasher safe Yes Pitcher; top rack only Yes Yes. Top rack only for lid. Yes
Accessories -none Tamper None -juicing cone None
Digital Timer Yes No No Yes No
Presets Yes, 3
-Smoothie
-Ice Crush
-Ice Cream
None None Yes, 9
-Auto Clean
-Green Smoothie
-Ice Crush
-Smoothie
-Mix
-Chop
-Blend
-Puree
-Liquify
None

Our Analysis and Test Results

This blender stands out for its stellar margaritas and larger pitcher. The 72-ounce cup easily blends up a party-sized serving of margaritas or a family-sized serving of healthy smoothies. It doesn't take up much more counter room than the options in our test suite, but it is rather tall. Read on to see how the Pro Plus performs across all our metrics.

Performance Comparison


Ninja Professional Plus BN701 blender - a family friendly size blender, great for smoothies and margaritas.
A family friendly size blender, great for smoothies and margaritas.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

Smoothies


The Ninja Pro Plus makes a great berry smoothie and oreo milkshake. But struggles a bit with the green smoothie and fruit and oats smoothie. The milkshake is evenly blended with a rich, smooth texture with no chunks and a satisfying thickness. It also pours perfectly. The berry smoothie, while smooth, is a little too thick. Blending it for a little longer solves this issue, producing a slightly thinner substance, which is easier to pour and drink.

The Pro Plus struggles to create a truly smooth texture when leafy greens are introduced to the mix. Small pieces of kale do not completely puree, and the overall texture is a little grainy. The same thing goes for our fruit and oats smoothie.

Ninja Professional Plus BN701 blender - the ninja plus leaves some oats and nuts unblended.
The Ninja Plus leaves some oats and nuts unblended.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

Ice


The Pro Plus crushes ice quickly and makes the perfect margarita. Pulsing the blender on the crush ice setting crushed the ice into a soft, uniform, powdering texture without creating too much snowlike fluff. During our testing, we tried using the crush ice setting for our margaritas but found that the blend setting works better. It takes one more 60-second blend than the manual recommends, but the end result is awesome. Smooth, slushy margaritas for all.

Ninja Professional Plus BN701 blender - check out this ice crushing ability, perfect for margaritas.
Check out this ice crushing ability, perfect for margaritas.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

Convenience


The labeling is easy to interpret, with a swirly icon for smoothies, a snowflake for crushed ice, and a cone for ice cream. The blend settings are easy to read, offering low, medium, high, and pulse settings. Each one has a small light to indicate which one you've chosen.

The lid, pitcher, and blades are all dishwasher safe, but they are easy to wash by hand. Unfortunately, you cannot allow the blender pitcher to dry on the base as it must be locked into place, leaving no room for airflow.

Ninja Professional Plus BN701 blender - the ninja professional plus handle is fairly user-friendly.
The Ninja Professional Plus handle is fairly user-friendly.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

Pureeing


The Pro Plus makes a mean margarita and some pretty tasty smoothies, but it struggles in the pureeing department. Nut butters need to be mixed multiple times with a spoon between blending and require a good amount of oil to get and keep things moving. The end result is great, but there is a decent amount of tinkering and manual labor that goes into the process.

Ninja Professional Plus BN701 blender - eventually the ninja plus purees nuts into delicious nut butter.
Eventually the Ninja Plus purees nuts into delicious nut butter.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

Pureeing soup is less successful than nut butters. The texture is mostly smooth but still grainy and not homogenous. There are no large noticeable chunks, but it's a little lumpy. This blender also cannot heat soup while pureeing.

Ninja Professional Plus BN701 blender - the tomato soup is left a little chunky.
The tomato soup is left a little chunky.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

Grinding


The Pro Plus grinds sugar and hard cheeses easily but struggles big-time with flour. The granulated sugar becomes a fluffy powder in 60 seconds, and the hard cheese is broken down mostly evenly with only a small chunk or two left out. The flour, on the other hand, is absolutely horrible to hear. It is extremely loud and clearly struggles to grind the kernels into a powder. They are visibly un-blended, and while the manual does not specifically warn against using this blender to make flours, it is obvious that it is not meant for that.

Ninja Professional Plus BN701 blender - the kernel grinding test is by far the loudest and the ninja pro is...
The kernel grinding test is by far the loudest and the Ninja Pro is no exception.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

Should You Buy the Ninja Professional Plus BN701?


While the Pro Plus falls into the budget-friendly price range, the value of this blender depends completely on what you plan to use it for. It is an absolute steal if you are a smoothie and blended drink enthusiast. However, if you are looking for something that can serve up soup and help you create the perfect homemade flours, the Pro Plus will likely leave you with buyer's remorse.

What Other Blenders Should You Consider?


If you are looking for a smoothie or margarita maker and don't plan to make soups or grind flours, the Pro Plus is a decent budget-friendly option. But if you're looking for something that performs much better across the board at a great price, we recommend the NutriBullet blender. If you'd like to invest in a blender that is easier to use and clean, with a near-perfect performance, we recommend the Cuisinart Hurricane Pro.

Hayley Thomas and Genaveve Bradshaw
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